Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart

I was shocked or heart broken when I learned that these flowers are named “Bleeding Heart”.  How could people do this?  My mind opened up a little bit, yeah its shape is a good match of the name.  Still, I did not want to give up fighting back my disappointment about naming to such charming flowers.  My good friend Google shows me the site that gives a bit of story about “Bleeding Heart” flowers. Here is the content from ““:

Because of its characteristic shape, the bleeding heart flower is at the center of many folkloric tales. One of the best known stories – which has many variations – is generally told directly through the anatomy of the plant itself. This story tells of a prince who tries to win the heart of a beautiful maiden by giving her gifts. With each gift, two of the petals are removed. Despite his attempts, the maiden continues to refuse the prince, and so he pierces himself through the heart – the heart having been formed with the discarded petals, the knife with the green stamen. The essence of the bleeding heart flower is said to open up and strengthen the heart chakra, which in turn causes a person to feel emotionally soothed and open to the possibility of new romance. It is thought to be especially useful after a heartbreak. These blossoms are also frequently used in love spells. One such spell includes braiding the flowers into your hair, lighting a white candle in honor of the goddess of love, and reciting a poem or incantation.

I felt better after reading the story. “Bleeding Heart” name is not so bad. I like it better now. I think this is also a good story for today, the Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day


49 thoughts on “Bleeding Heart

  1. Dina February 14, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Thank you for this informative post!
    Happy Valentine,
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri & Selma xxxx


    • YellowCable February 14, 2015 / 9:08 am

      Thank you Dina. Happy Valentine to you all 🙂


  2. ladysighs February 14, 2015 / 9:26 am

    A wonderful and interesting story. Poor Prince. 😦 But I guess most of us have had a broken heart……or maybe two. We do seem to heal though. 🙂

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    • YellowCable February 14, 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Poor Prince indeed, I was wondering how could the lady resist such a powerful figure at the time 🙂 Thank you.

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  3. LadyPinkRose February 14, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Beautiful, YellowCable. Now I too feel a whole lot better about the “Bleeding Hearts”. Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Love, Amy

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  4. anotherday2paradise February 14, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Such beautiful heart-shaped flowers! Very interesting to read the charming story behind the name. 🙂

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  5. cindy knoke February 14, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    Yes these are some of my favorite flowers and I love the story that goes along with it as well as your lovely photo. Happy Valentines Day!

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  6. wakasahs15th February 14, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful present.

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  7. SuzyHazelwood February 15, 2015 / 10:59 am

    I remember my mother telling about the common name for these flowers, and I think I laughed!! 😀 But I had no idea of the story behind them – thanks for the information! Are these growing in your garden? So, knowing they can be used as a love spell – did you try any? Can’t imagine trying to twine those into my hair!! I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day! 🙂

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    • YellowCable February 15, 2015 / 5:20 pm

      I found them at the local garden/park. I think they were little. I would missed them if I had not seen a person was taking picture of them. I took my turn 🙂

      🙂 I have not used them for any spell 🙂 I just learned about their story just when I was about to post it 🙂 I think you are right, it does not look wielding to twine them in someone hair.

      I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day too 🙂


  8. Otto von Münchow February 18, 2015 / 2:30 am

    A wonderful image with striking colours and light. I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s Day despite the bleeding hearts.

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  9. ventisqueras February 19, 2015 / 5:07 pm

    caro amico per consolarti tidirò che qui in Italia questo fiore che cresce spontaneo in montagna formando grandi macchie in estate, viene chiamato Cuore di Maria in onore della madre di Nostro Signore
    un grande abbraccio

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    • YellowCable February 19, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      That is very good to know that this flower has even a better name! Thank you Annalisa!


  10. nutsfortreasure February 27, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Me too as I also adore these beautiful dangling beauties in my semi shade garden 🙂 Very pretty shot!

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  11. Dalo 2013 February 28, 2015 / 12:29 am

    I was just talking to a friend of mine back in Hong Kong…I will be visiting a place in the NewTerritories and they are well known (at least locally) for their beautiful bleeding heart flowers. A powerful name for the flower, and when I saw it I can understand why.

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  12. kerlund74 March 14, 2015 / 4:11 am

    Great sharpness and focus on the hearts, love the soft colors in the background:)

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  13. Sartenada April 20, 2015 / 5:51 am

    Beautiful photo and wonderful story.

    We had few in our previous garden in Finland already then I wondered at its name also. Then I noticed that in different languages it has many names and slightly different name. For example we call it “broken heart”. As ventisqueras told here before in Italian it is “Cuore di Maria” and translated Heart of Maria. In French they call it: Le Cœur de Marie (Heart of Marie) or Cœur-de-Jeannette (Heart of Jeannette). So now we can nearly the name of the maiden.

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    • YellowCable April 20, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you, Sartendada. I think different cultures see things differently. I can also understand “broken heart” name too.

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    • YellowCable November 17, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you and I am glad you l like the story 🙂


  14. Americaoncoffee October 8, 2022 / 7:00 am

    They also l resemble little hanging stringed bulbs. ♥️

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